Learning Styles Reflections on Your Child's Giftedness

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Learning Styles Reflections on Your Child's Giftedness


LetEs reflect on the genius potential of our children u even as we wish you Easter greetings of a successful, happy, and healthy children whose talents and giftedness are nurtured beyond your own expectations.

Every child has genius potential in more ways than one.

Students are not failing because of the curriculum. Any subject can be taught as long there is congruence between the teaching style of the teacher and the learning styles of the students.

A child is not necessarily Learning Disabled (LD), but simply Teaching Disabled (TD).

There are no boring subjects; boring teachers a lot. But take note that teachers teach the way they were taught and the way they were taught is not exactly the best way to facilitate learning.

Giftedness should not be confined to a score or an IQ achievement test.

Our idea for creative accomplishment potential resides in all children. The challenge is to help parents transform that potential into reality.

We should be cautious about predicting a limiting future for any child. Instead, we should always leave room for children to work for challenges that are beyond just getting along.

We should not ask "Is my child gifted or talented?" or "How gifted is my child?" Ask "How is my child gifted?"

Creativity is the ability to come up with new ideas, to create or imagine new possibilities, to look at problems from a different point of view, and to take the risk of trying something that has never been done before.

Creativity is the foundation of all problem-solving or decision-making skills.

Everybody has a learning style and every style offers particular strengths, but each personEs strengths are unique.

Environmental, emotional, sociological, physiological and psychological characteristics u everything that manage how we concentrate on, process, and remember new and difficult information u contribute to learning style.

Most children learn in one or two different processing styles u analytic or global.

Analytic learners learn more easily when information is introduced in a step-by-step or fact-by-fact. They prefer to learn in a logical, sequential way. They see first the trees before the forest.

Global learners learn best through short stories. They prefer to learn through humor, illustrations, or graphics. They prefer to see first the forest before the trees.

How well your child learns depends on how well the teaching styles match his or her processing style. …

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